Mamata Banerjee executes EC order
The West Bengal government today executed the Election Commission's order transferring a district magistrate, two ADMs, and five Superintendents of Police, after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee last night conceded to the EC's Monday directive.
Official sources at Nabanna, the seat of Bengal power, today said a fax message was mailed from the office of Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra to the EC in New Delhi acknowledging the directive with immediate effect. The EC received the mail, it added.
Nabanna also sent fax messages to the respective officials directing them to hand over the charges.
Last evening a full bench of EC served a deadline to the state government to execute the order by 1000 today. The ultimatum came after the Commission rejected a state government appeal to reconsider the decision with a new panel of IASs and IPSs saying their transfer would create law and order problem.
This comes after the Bengal government yesterday wrote to the Commission saying that it would not be able to transfer the eight state officials during the Lok Sabha elections.
The state government's letter followed once the Chief Minister said on Monday it would not follow the directive.
'The shuffle would lead to administrative problems and should hence be reconsidered,' Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra wrote in his letter to the EC.
The EC had earlier set a deadline till 2.30 pm on Tuesday for the West Bengal government to transfer the officials.
On Monday the EC ordered removal of the SPs of Malda, Birbhum, Burdwan, West Midnapore and Murshidabad districts besides the District Magistrate of North 24 Parganas following charges of partiality and inaction in poll-related incidents. The Additional District Magistrate of West Midnapore and the Returning Officer or Mathurapur Parliamentary constituency in South 24 Parganas were also transferred.
The EC also ordered that the officers would not be given any election related duty and appointed a new set of officers to replace them.
However, while accepting the EC order, Ms Banerjee said her government would bring back all those officers to their old posts after the elections.
(Posted on 09-04-2014)